Where conditions are right, the seas of Ectora fill up with clumps of floating weeds, often stretching for many kilometers and blocking ninety percent of the sunlight to the reefs below. These floating forests are home to numerous species of weeds and animals.
The most common type of floating weed follows a distinctive growth pattern. Several long leaves grow outwards from a central node (this is also where the heart and gills are located). These leaves allow different individuals to tangle and form clumps. New growth nodes form at the ends of these leaves. In larger species, they tend to break off before forming new individuals. In smaller species, they tend to remain attached and spread into thickets of millions of conjoined individuals. Leaves vary in size, shape, buoyancy, color, and number quite a bit from species to species.
Sexual reproduction occurs when gametes are released into the water from clusters of sacks resembling compound eyes that grow from the nodes during the appropriate season. The gametes float around until two of them meet and begin to grow a new individual.
Written by Daniel Noe, ChampionOfTheGalaxy.com